Mild weather is becoming a real possibility in Southern California, which means one thing: it’s time to set up your air conditioner service. However, it’s realistic that it may not be that clear cut if your system is climbing up there in age and has been causing issues over the last few years. Air conditioner replacement is an investment in your home like many other home improvement projects are. So how do you know if you should get that new air conditioner now or arrange to get your annual air conditioner service handled? At Econo Air, we know that it can be a tough decision to make, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re not sure which path to choose.
1. Air Conditioner Age
This is more than likely the biggest factor in your decision, as air conditioner technology has improved a lot of things, from energy efficiency to the amount of noise it gives off. If your air conditioner is more than 12 years old, it may not make sense to put a lot of money into repairs when you could be setting aside that money towards a new system.
However, the normal 12-15 year lifecycle of an air conditioner doesn’t mean it can’t work well beyond that. If air conditioner service has been routine and it has been correctly maintained, you could be able to go beyond that 12-15 year average.
2. Cost of replacing vs. servicing/repairing
There are always unique circumstances when it comes to identifying the cost of replacing versus having air conditioner service and repairs done, but there are a few things to keep in mind when considering the two.
Air conditioner service
- Get multiple estimates to make certain you’re getting the best deal.
- Keep track of when your warranty is up and note what it includes so you’re always saving as much as possible.
Air conditioner replacement
- The air conditioner size will be figured out by the size of your home.
- The cost will fluctuate depending on the level of energy efficiency you’re wanting.
- The higher the SEER rating, the greater the chance for energy savings.
After you calculate the costs of both choices, keep this helpful tip in mind: if your air conditioner service and repair is going to cost 1/3 or more of the cost of a new air conditioner and your system is between 12-15 years old, air conditioner replacement may be the better long-term choice.
Of course, these are only a small number of the variables, but the team at Econo Air is more than happy to help you decide which air conditioner is right when replacement becomes a necessity. Give us a call at 714-710-1070 or set up an appointment through our online scheduler to find out what makes sense for both you and your budget.